In honor of the 2019 NFL Draft late next month, country superstar Tim McGraw will unite music and football fans for a free concert.
The show will take place in Nashville’s Lower Broadway entertainment district on Friday, April 26 at the Draft Main Stage after player selections that night. Throughout the night, more than 20 Nashville artists will perform in downtown and outside Nissan Stadium. McGraw, who opened a gym in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood, is a member of the Nashville Local Organizing Committee for the draft.
The draft will run from April 25 to 27 and will be spread across almost all of downtown, the Tennessean reports. A large stage will be constructed at the intersection of First Avenue and Broadway, allowing draft players to shake hands with Commissioner Roger Goodell, while the “NFL Draft Experience” can be found on the east bank of the Cumberland River next to Nissan Stadium. Additionally, large viewing screens will be displayed all along lower Broadway.
Media outlets are reporting that the NFL Draft might just be the largest event in Nashville history, with an expected attendance of 300,000 fans, surpassing CMA Fest and Bonnaroo.
“We are prepared to go all the way to 5th Avenue,” Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon said in a statement. “I can’t say this enough, everything is free and open to the public.”
For those who can’t attend, the NFL Draft will be televised on ABC. ESPN and NFL Network will also produce their own broadcast throughout the three-day event.
McGraw will team up with the NFL again this August when he performs at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio.